StaffPad is the first app to make full use of Microsoft Surface capabilities

The Surface 3 is the latest tablet from Microsoft that the company claims can replace your laptop. We’re not fully certain if the device is capable of replacing a laptop completely at this point, but we are certain there hasn’t been an app to take advantage of the Surface line of devices until now. The app we’re talking about is called StaffPad, and it is not something that will be used by the masses. In fact, the app is all about musical composition, and from what we have seen, it is very much possible for the app to become the first must use app for the Surface line of tablets.


StaffPad for Surface & Windows Touch devices

The app is unique because it allows music composers to write handwritten music on the screen with the use of the Surface Pen. What’s so good about writing music on the screen of a tablet with StaffPad? Well, the app is capable of converting handwritten music into a typeset score.

From what we can tell from the video, StaffPad’s ability to recognize what the user has written and transform it into the perfect typeset score, is quite impressive. However, if things should not turn out the required way, the option is there to edit and make changes.

StaffPad also comes with the ability to playback written notes to give the music writers an idea of what their work will sound like before printing it on paper. And yes, StaffPad does support printing right out of the box.

App Description

StaffPad is a groundbreaking music notation application, featuring advanced handwriting recognition. Write music, using your digital pen*, and StaffPad will transform your handwritten notation into a beautifully typeset score which you can then edit, play back, print and share. For composers and musicians, StaffPad revolutionizes the art of writing music.

StaffPad is available in the Windows Store, but it is not free. Interested persons will be asked to pay $69.99, a good enough price for an exceptional app.

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  1. Curtis Quick

    I am not a musician, but if I were I would purchase this app for my SP3. I had heard that it comes free with the Surface 3. Is there any equivalent on the iOS or Android side?

  2. kritikosman

    If this works, It’ll change the game and playing field for notation software.

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